10 People who were arrested for a Tweet

10 People who were arrested for a Tweet

In this day and age of Social Media, where every thought is made public, it is worth considering the following. Think before you type! Just 140 characters can put you behind bars.

Over the past few years, many have not followed this advice and have been arrested. Just for tweeting something they shouldn’t have. Some tweets being intentional, some jokes, some just seriously messed up. Tweets are also monitored, so be sensible on what you wish to put out in the world. Following are a few examples of people that got arrested for their insensible use of a mere 140 characters.

  1. Twenty-seven-year-old Paul Chambers thought it would be a good way to release his frustration, caused by delays at the airport, on Twitter. He ‘joked’ about an airport bomb threat. His Tweet: “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” Chambers was arrested 2 days before his flight was due to leave, when an airport employee had come across his tweet and later on airport security passed the intel on to police. He did not believe his silly ‘joke’ would be taken seriously, but oh boy was he wrong!
  1. Ross Loraine, from Sunderland, aged 19, made a ‘joke’. His tweet was regarded and reported as offensive by many people, so he handed himself in at the police station following the ‘love’ he received. He was arrested for his tweet regarding a fatal incident of a lorry crash in Glasgow. Here’s what he had to say: “So a bin lorry has crashed into 100 people in Glasgow eh, probably the most trash it’s ever picked up in one day that.” Dude, trolling never got anyone anywhere, what were you thinking?! I hope his thinking speed has exceeded his typing speed.
  1. High school sophomore, aged 15, ‘Mark’ was brought into the station for some questioning. He was released afterward with a class 4 felony charge, disorderly conduct, as they found no credible threat. He had no access to weapons and had no weapons in his possession either. He apparently took an interest in the Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. However, he was found not guilty by the jury. In July 2013 @Mark12394995 took his way to Twitter. The boy tweeted: “If Zimmerman free imma shoot everybody causing a mass homicide, and I’ll get away wit it just like Zimmerman.”
  1. Donte Jamar Sims, 21 years of age, took to Twitter. Posting not one, but 3 Tweets about the president. September 2012, just a day before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

His first tweet: “ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swag.” This was with reference to John F. Kennedy’s assassin.

His second tweet was: “Well ima assassinate president Obama this evening!… Gotta get this monkey off my chest while he’s in town.”

And his third tweet: “The secret service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the assault rifle at barack’s forehead … F* the #dnc!”

Needless to say, dude got arrested.

  1. Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş is currently awaiting his trial. He was arrested in front of Daily’s headquarter on a Friday night. He had been referred by prosecutor Umut Tepe to the court for his arrest. He already had several lawsuits on his name for damages and six investigations into defamation by the Turkish president Erdogan. His tweets, leading to his arrest, were again about alleged insults against the Turkish president. While he was being taken into custody his colleagues followed him along. Throughout they chanted: “Free media cannot be silenced!” He insists, he is exercising his right to freedom of speech.
  1. Daniel Hayden, posted a series of tweets threatening to commit a mass murder. His tweets speak for themselves as to why this guy got arrested. Below a few he posted.

7:59 p.m. “The WAR WIL start on the stepes of the Oklahoma State Capitol. I will cast the first stone. In the meantime, I await the police.”

8:01 p.m. “START THE KILLING NOW! I am wiling to be the FIRST DEATH! I Await the police. They will kill me in my home.”

8:06 p.m. “After I am killed on the Capitol Steps like REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!”

8:17 p.m. “I really don’ give a shit anymore. Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw them on the State Capitol steps.”

  1. Twenty-year-old Carlos Anthony Hollins, living in Waldorf, sparked a massive police effort into locating his whereabouts following his tweet. He made a threat of violence against an entire town of Maryland. The police were alerted to his post on Twitter: “IM NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS NO. MORE. TONIGHT WE PURGE! KILL ALL THE WHITE PPL IN THE TOWN OF LA PLATA.” His tweet resulted in widespread chaos and loads of people started calling La Plata police. The La Plata police chief then deployed his officers to local shopping centers, busy intersections, and other public places, to ensure the residents would feel safe in having a police presence.
  1. It’s already bad to commit fraud, but being cocky over it is never a good thing. January 2013, Wanda Podgurski, was free on bail during her trial. She had faked a disability in 2006 and had also scammed about six different insurance companies of an amount of almost seven hundred thousand dollars! She had faked her bad-health and injuries claims, all while taking many active vacations throughout. With so many charges she was facing almost 24 years of jail time. She had 29 convictions for insurance fraud. While she was supposed to be in court to hear the decision the jury had taken, she failed to show up. Following this, a search was launched by the authorities and the US Marshals finally caught her following her tweet: “Catch me if you can!”
  1. It is totally understandable that people get annoyed, but taking it out publically is not always a good idea and especially over social media. Courtney Love did the same. Instead of settling the bills with her former fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, she took it to twitter. The singer made some infamous remarks about her former fashion designer. Love called Simorangkir a “drug-pushing prostitute” among many other things over twitter, which resulted into the first high-profile lawsuit. Love eventually lost the suit and had to pay $430,000 in 2011. Well, lesson learnt! If you are falling out with someone over money, don’t ever take it to social media.
  1. Last but not least, with a little twist! One cannot just get busted over posting some idiotic tweet, but for not tweeting as well. Justin Bieber’s manager Scott Braun and an executive from his record label James Roppo are the perfect example. In November 2009, Roppo was arrested for allegedly failing to cooperate in police’s effort to control crowds turned up to see the teen pop-star. Roppo was asked by the police to post a tweet informing fans that the event was cancelled. Bieber’s manager Scott Braun was also contacted for the same by the Island Def Jam employees. But intentionally or unintentionally, no tweet was posted and the crowd remained. In March 2010, Braun was also arrested on charges related to the November mishap.
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